Monday, July 2, marked the 59th day of Aimee’s recovery. It also marked 59 days of intense and focused prayer; 59 days of topsy-turvy prognoses; 59 days of extreme trial and tribulation, and most of all, 59 consecutive days of God’s blessings.
Many people do not understand how we can profess to be blessed. Those who do not understand may never understand. They remain tossed about as a wave in the sea (James 1:6) because they simply lack faith. How do people like that survive? We have seen technological advancements over the past two thousand years, but technology doesn’t change who we are inside, it only changes the way we interact with the rest of the world. Our souls hunger for more than what technology can offer, but some people falsely place all their trust in the microprocessor. That trust might work fine until someone cuts the power supply. After that you are stuck with a hunk of worthless plastic and metal.
Others claim to have “faith in nature”. That statement confuses me. You can love nature, but how can you have faith in something that stands before you? I have always heard faith defined as believing in something that you cannot see. When I think of nature, I think of the beauty of a forest. I have seen many beautiful trees, but I have also seen many beautiful trees fall to lightning, disease, parasites and the woodsman’s axe. When the tree falls, does your faith fall with it?
As a believer, you know exactly what I am saying and you are most certainly agreeing with me. Nonbelievers will never understand and any attempt to persuade them is a worthless effort.
“Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” Matthew 7:6
I never argue with nonbelievers. When Jesus shared the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13: 1-23), He made it quite clear that some people are incapable of receiving the message of God’s kingdom. We believers should focus on spreading seeds among the fertile plains. There are many who are hungry for God’s word and they are begging for His love. Perhaps they are uncertain of their own beliefs, but they need encouragement and a simple kind word. They need to understand that God’s message is not one of threat and judgment, but one of love. After all, “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:8) When we spread God’s love to those who are hungry to receive it, they will embrace His love and reach out to spread that love onward. Their fruit will be borne and God’s love and His blessings will be multiplied. Love conquers all.
As I have mentioned before, Aimee’s miraculous story of survival is a story of love, hope and faith. Our family’s story is a testimonial of the power of prayer. I believe that you, the readers who have followed this blog and prayed for Aimee, have been very instrumental in her recovery. Your faith, your hope and your love have interceded on Aimee’s behalf and helped give her the gift of life. For that I am truly thankful.
Your love has been demonstrated in many ways. Many of you have given blood. Blood drives have been held in Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Carrollton, Charleston, Columbia, Snellville, and Spartanburg. I have received emails from people all over the USA who have donated blood in Aimee’s honor. These gifts have helped to serve many in need. Red Cross donations have not only benefitted Americans here at home, but also American soldiers serving abroad. When you gave blood for Aimee, we all emerged victorious.
The love and support demonstrated through your generous donations and your participation at many fund raising benefits has been incredible. Concerts were held in Snellville, Athens, Madison and Carrollton in Aimee’s honor. A 5k run in Augusta was staged for Aimee’s benefit. Many of you have donated money to the PayPal account on this website. Others have mailed donations to the United Community Bank account. These donations will ensure that Aimee will have the best medical care without having to live with the weight of unpaid medical bills. For that we thank you more than you will ever know.
We now progress through the maze of rehabilitation, not knowing exactly what the cost of Aimee’s prosthetics will be. We have come to realize that $150,000 for prosthetics may have been a conservative estimate. Aimee will require a set of body-powered limbs and a set of myo-electric limbs. She will also require ongoing fittings for the ever-changing condition of her amputated limbs, which is required for continued comfort. I have pleaded with our insurance company to extend the coverage of prosthetics beyond the stingy annual sum of $50,000 that is allowed under our medical plan. Surely they realize that there are not a plethora of quad-amputees in existence and that Aimee’s extraordinary condition requires extraordinary care and coverage.
At this point we continue to trust in God that He will provide the answers we seek. He has been faithful to us in every way possible and we know that He will never abandon us. Unlike human insurance plans, our God does not have a limit to His days or the extent of His coverage. He operates on a different time schedule than we do. He is not a 59-day God; His power is infinite and absolute and we will continue to trust in His perfect will.
We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts and we pray that God will bless you and keep you in the palm of His loving hand.
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